Keaka Beach, Maui: COMPLETE Guide (Photos, Location & More)

Keaka Beach is one of many golden-sand beaches in Kihei. It is tucked between the family-friendly Kalepolepo Beach Park to the north and Waipu’ilani  Beach to the south.

Similar to most of the northern Kihei beaches, the sand here is a bit more coarse and rocky than most vacationers prefer, but also much less crowded.

In this guide, I will explain everything you need to know for making a trip to Keaka Beach including directions, available services, photo tips, and more.

Keaka Beach Services

  • Nearest Town: Kihei
  • Parking? Some streetside parking, or walk up from Waipu’ilani Beach Park
  • Public Bathrooms? No
  • Picnic Benches? No
  • Showers? No
  • Grills? No
  • Lifeguard? No

Keaka Beach Description

The shoreline at Keaka Beach is seen in this photo taken from nearby Kalepolepo Beach Park in Kihei.
The Keaka Beach shoreline is visible just beyond the lava rock wall in this photo taken from Kalepolepo Beach Park nearby.

Keaka Beach is a small, narrow beach in the north of Kihei. While there are a few palm trees decorating the beach, most of the vegetation feels less tropical.

Between the lack of facilities, rocky sand, and missing tropical vibes, the beach is one of the quietest and least visited on Maui. Those who do visit are typically seeking that exact peace and solitude.

Most visitors come for a swim or to comb the beach, but you can snorkel from Keaka Beach. While it isn’t considered a particularly good destination for snorkeling, it isn’t uncommon to spot turtles in the water here.

This sandy beach is best in the mornings as the winds can pick up here in the afternoon.

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How to Get to Keaka Beach

Satellite view showing the precise location of Keaka Beach in Kihei, Maui.
The red pin in the satellite view above shows the precise location of Keaka Beach.

With Navigation: Enter “26 Kulanihakoi St, Kihei, HI 96753” into your navigation. This will bring you to a side road off of S Kihei Road where there is streetside parking. From here, walk back towards S Kihei Road. Adjacent to Kulanihakoi St on the opposite side of S Kihei Road, you will see a yellow gate directly with a dirt path running along a small stream. This path will lead you to the beach. It is less than 0.2 miles (250m) walk to the beach.

Alternatively, navigate to Kalepolepo Beach Park where there is a parking lot, streetside parking, and some facilities. From here, walk south along S Kihei Road (approximately 0.2 miles) until you reach the yellow gate described above.

General Directions: From Wailea/South Kihei, take the Piilani Hwy north. Turn left onto Kulanihakoi St. You will find streetside parking at the end of this road, then follow the walking directions above. If traveling from the north, follow S Kihei Road for 1.7 miles before turning left onto Kulanihakoi St.

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Keaka Beach is one of many gold-sand beaches near Kihei. It is one of the rockiest and most basic beaches in South Maui, however, it is also one of the quietest, providing a moment of serenity.
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Adam Marland is a professional travel blogger and landscape photographer from Oregon. After over a decade of experience as a freelance travel photographer, Adam found national acclaim when he became the National Park Foundation's “Chief Exploration Officer” in 2021.

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